Roman Society in the Last Century of the Western Empire

Roman Society in the Last Century of the Western Empire

Roman Society in the Last Century of the Western Empire

Roman Society in the Last Century of the Western Empire

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This second edition of a work, which has met with such a generous reception both from the educated public and from learned critics, has not been fundamentally altered. It is possible that materials, so fragmentary and gleaned from so many sources, might here and there have been arranged in an order more satisfactory to the critical reader. On the other hand, it is not improbable that something of the freshness of the original impression derived from the authorities might be lost in an effort to obtain a more perfect sequence. At the same time the opportunity of a reprint has been used to make a good many minor changes. An occasional looseness of expression has been amended; statements which seemed too strong or incautious have occasionally been toned down; and some slips as to fact, or the form of proper names, have been corrected. A few additional references have been inserted in the notes, especially to Friedländer's Sittengeschichte Roms, which, although it deals only with the society of the first and second centuries, may be instructively used for purposes of comparison with the . . .

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